Sunday, March 24, 2013

Legislate like it's 1789

An Interesting Proposition

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) wants to create a "virtual Congress," where lawmakers would leverage videoconferencing and other remote work technology to conduct their daily duties in Washington from their home districts.

“As representatives, it is most important for us to spend our time on Main Street with constituents than it is to spend time at the Capitol." said Pearce. "We are here to serve our constituents.  This resolution is a longstanding priority for me. It will allow Members of Congress to debate, vote, and carry-out their constitutional duties, without having to leave their congressional districts. Keeping legislators closer to the people we represent would mark the start of pulling back Washington's curtain and allow constituents to see and feel, first-hand, their government at work.   This is the type of representation that people deserve.”

I like the idea, How about you?

If you ask me, the further from K Street, the better.  It would certainly reduce the influence of think tanks, advocacy groups and lobbyists.

In this day and age you certainly have to wonder why we still do business like we did in 1789.  The greatest challenge would seem to be security, but the internet isn't the only net out there, there are other, more secure government networks available. They already vote electronically,  why do they need to be there to do it? They could still meet ceremonially as needed.


The Hill



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